One little footnote I failed to mention when I announced this weekly feature is that all of the ladies I will be featuring have somehow crossed my path during the course of my life. Some have been lifelong friends for over 35 years (I know, don’t even go there), others have been a part of my life along the journey, other I might not have seem for many sunsets but think of often and others I might just have had interaction with via Twitter but they have had an impact on my life or made an impression!
Our first “girl” in question is Kelly Pienaar, Mom of 3, recently relocated to the Middle East. Kelly relocated to Cape-Town a few months before we did and was one of the first people I made friends with (she also does an impressive Bear impersonation). Have a read and see what she had to say!
Getting to know you:
KP: I am a mom, teacher, cleaner, wife and friend. I’m so busy with that, I’ve forgotten if there’s anything else! Fun, spontaneous, demanding, good listener and talker.
KP: Wake up, make bottles, breakfast for kids, daily home schooling with 10 yr old and 4 year whilst keeping the 1 yr occupied. Clean, clean and get walked over by my kids. Husband works and travels so I am at home pretty much everyday, not very exciting but exhausting! Some days a fellow SA friend and I decide to do spontaneous stuff. Catch taxis to malls, the only spontaneous thing about that is the taxi ride. The other night we decided to go shopping, caught a taxi that smelt of live stock ( some guy had just gotten in there with his lamb for Eid slaughtering ) imagine it now…. A man in robes with his lamb, so bizarre. You don’t catch taxis here on your own as they will abduct you being western woman! Then of course the blessed subject all mothers like ” what’s for dinner?” So we decide on the nearest take away or express meal we can find! It’s hard with not being able to drive to pop to the shops to get fresh ingredients for dinner!
KP: Not having to wear an abaya!!!!!!!! ( I literally shop in my pj’s here, nobody knows the difference). Biltong, English speaking people, booze on tap, a good healthy meal and accessibility to schools for my children
KP: Change of life. The possibilities of doors it has opened. Learning about different cultures. Shopping! But most of all feeling secure with my 3 girls in my home when my husband works and travels and not living in a cage. Meeting fellow SA folk has also been somewhat entertaining!
KP: Climate extremely hot temps, 50 degree heat. Wearing an abaya. Not having to lock doors and put on alarms. Th fuel price! R20 to fill up a tank of petrol! That’s pocket change here! Cheap electricity bills with ACs running 24/7 R200 a month including water!
KP: Death and loosing my love ones
One thing you consider yourself to be good at?
KP: Shopping for bargains!
KP: I am my own worst enemy and critic, drives me dilly!
KP: Spontaneous, open-minded and funny (I like to think so)
KP: Always wanting to help others, letting people in to quickly & OCD
KP: I think I am the fattest and ugliest person 😦
KP: Eating chocolate in the dark and drinking wine
KP: Both, it is fun while I am doing it but I hate myself afterwards
The fun stuff:
KP: 6 tats and pierced ears
KP: iPhone, lamp, wet wipes, baby bottle with water (for Laci of course) and a bottle of water for me (I die of thirst out here)
KP: Not a morning person, definately a vampire
Favourite song at the moment?
KP: Katy Perry – ROAR
KP: I love lanterns and hearts
KP: Why o why do I have to get out of bed!
KP: What I need to do the next day. OCD Much?
KP: Interior decorating but for the everyday Joe, like me, on a shoestring budget
KP: I can do lots of things at once
KP: I can do lots of things at once
Are you mostly a clean or messy person?
KP: OCD, say no more!
One thing you miss about being a kid?
KP: Having no responsibilities! I miss those days!! Freedom to play, no dead lines!
KP: Being able to bare children and dressing pretty when we want too!
KP: Katy Perry Roar
The Serious stuff:
KP: I’d like to hope so
KP: Yes so that if I’m not happy I can have an opinion. No vote, no say. Vote for fairness to all.
Your thoughts n gay marriage?
KP: Honestly I have no issues I just have no idea how 2 chicks can live together the jealously in that relationship must be insane x
Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals or groups?
KP: Living here morals are definately from the traditions, beliefs and practices. They should be universal!